Jan 21 Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Even though I do not love short stories, and half-way through Unaccustomed Earth: Stories I was wishing that Jhumpa Lahiri would write another novel like The Namesake, it was well worth the effort to get to the haunting end.

Jhumpa Lahiri tells the stories of today’s immigrants from India to the United States from a perspective, one can only imagine, of an insider. And not only do her stories ring true, as I can attest to from my university experiences and encounters with other people from India (one was even a roommate), but her stories have a depth and universality to them, a level of truth, detail and emotion, that everybody can relate to. She tells the stories she knows, but in so doing she tells everyone’s stories.

Having received a Pulitzer Prize for her first collection of stories, Lahiri had her own big shoes to fill and yet she continues to do so time, and time again, with grace.

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